Tuesday, 02 May 2017 00:38

“It’s not what you know.. it’s who you know”. Is networking more important than education, as networking saves the long, learning process ‘till later?

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I would challenge your opening statement. I don’t believe that “It's not what you know.. it's who you know” to be true.

I believe that “It's not what you know or who you know … but who knows you know!” to be more apt.

From a personal and/or business promotion perspective, it is important to become a content expert i.e. the ‘go to person’ among your web of connections. You need to tell them what you know. This can be challenging of course. You don’t want to come across as being a braggart.

Networking and earning an education are two separate, yet interconnected activities. Both have their merits. One shouldn’t be sacrificed at the expense of others.

I don’t believe that there is evidence that supports your assertion that ‘networking saves the long, learning process 'till later?’ I think you may actually be referring to the process of mentoring.

An effective mentorship, with somebody who can show you the ropes, so to speak, can speed up the process and help flatten your learning curve.

A mentor can help you with your education. Sage advice can be every bit as important as academic filler.

Networking, on the other hand, can expose you to people that may be able to mentor you in many different areas. It takes cultivating the relationship, bearing in mind that the Mentor has to get something out of the relationship from the mentee as well.

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